A smart healthcare marketing blog
May 2015

Less than 20% of hospital CEO’s are women

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“Women make 73% of medical/health service managers, yet only 18% of hospital CEOs are women”

This is according to a report from Rock Health, entitled “Women in Healthcare”.

Women contribute ::

  • 47% of medical school graduates
  • 32% of physicians and surgeons
  • 14% of partners at healthcare venture capitalists
  •   4% of healthcare company CEOs

Biggest barriers to career advancement ::

  • 49% = Self-confidence
  • 45% = Time constraints
  • 43% = Ability to connect with senior leadership
  • 41% = Family obligations
  • 16% = Education/skills


+ Women make up a majority of the healthcare workforce but they are underrepresented as decision-makers.

+ A study published in the Journal of American Medicine showed that from a sample of 2,000 physicians, female physicians earned $12,000 less per year than their male counterparts, even after adjusting for specialty, academic rank, hours worked, publications, and leadership positions. (JAMA, 2012)


“In the future there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”

Carol Sandberg Chief Operating Officer of Facebook


What an interesting study. Thanks for posting.

Tami Sturzebecker says:

I would be interested in hearing more about the women who make up the 18%. I actually am working on a path with the eventual goal to become one of those women one day and I would like feedback and advice on how to get there.

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